The first thing that I bought online was my Bridesmaid dresses shortly followed by shoes and clutch bags.The shoes and clutch bags were bought off of ebay.
Above is my MOH trying the outfit on once all the items had arrived to check it all coordinated. Due to the dress being a dark emerald green we decided upon having light accessories to give the look a more bridal look.
I turned to the internet for the BM shoes as my MOH is a size 2, and would have prefered to have had both my MOH and my BM in matching shoes if possible although I was aware it may not be possible. Ebay came to my rescue with these shoes that I could get in sizes 2 and 4 and were under £25 a pair!
Wedding Website and Wedding Cards
Being a bride on a budget can make it seem impossible to be able to have a honeymoon. It is an integral part of the modern wedding and the thought that we may not be able to afford one was rather saddening. Therefore we decided that we would ask our guests to contribute towards a honeymoon instead of buying us gifts. However, we, like many couples felt extremely uncomfortable about this, and didn’t like the idea of putting a poem in with the invites, therefore I came up with the idea of creating a wedding website. The wedding website would have all of the information about our wedding, everything from the time they need to arrive, directions to the venue, information about parking, the ability to RSVP on the website and…the gift list.
I put some conventional gift ideas on the gift list but have also asked for money contributions or vouchers for a holiday provider to go towards us being able to have a honeymoon. Doing it this way seemed a lot more comfortable as there was no particular emphasis on “give us money”, but more on just us providing information about the wedding in general.
I then used Vistaprint to create ‘wedding business card’ as I coined them 😛 that would just have our names, the date of the wedding and a the URL for our wedding website, that I would pop in with the invites.
Wedding Forum Buys
I was very lucky to come across a lady on my favourite wedding forum who had recently got married and was selling off her un-wanted wedding stuff as a job lot. I bought lots of items off of her, including Mr & Mrs letters, lots of vases for a sweetie buffet, bubbles of the tables, a wedding sign, table number holders, tea light holders and much more.
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Looking online for wedding items is as easy as pie. The big high street websites such as Debenhams, BHS, Littlewoods and Phase Eight have sales through the year, so keep your eye on these sites for their sales as they are definitely worth it. As well as though websites other ones that are worth a look are ebay, Amazon, ChloeBeck, Glitzy Secrets, Not on the highstreet.com, and one of my personal favorites Etsy among many many more.
To save money on your dream wedding dress you can find your perfect type of gown by going into shops and trying different dresses on until you find the perfect one and then order your that dress on eBay. There are dress makers in China who make great copies of wedding dresses to your measurements for the fraction of the cost that the dress would have cost bought from a bridal shop/bridal fayre etc.
There are mixed reviews from the custom made dresses from China, some people who have had good experiences and others who have had not so positive experiences, for this reason I advice that it is very important to check the reviews for the seller before you decide to purchase.
If you are happy to have pre-owned, wedding forums can be a great place to pick up some bargain from women who have recently got married. Many modern brides sell their wedding stuff on after the wedding, everything from bride and bridesmaids dresses to accessories and decorations. Popular wedding forums that you can join include Hitched.co.uk, Youandyourwedding.co.uk, weddingforum.co.uk and Confetti. Not only will you be able to talk to other brides getting married near you or at the same time as year as you, you will be able to swap ideas and tips on great suppliers and themes but also be able to have the chance to buy other brides un-needed wedding items once the wedding is over.
Don’t like the idea of shop bought invites as suggest in “Think High Street” – then you can still but cheap invites online. Vista Print, Moo and 123print have great invites and save the dates that you can personalise as much or as little as you like. Moo do fantastic post cards that can be used to name a few ideas as:
Post cards are cheap, quirky, and easily personalised to suit your theme and personal style.
The high street is the best friend of any budget bride for outfits and accessories. You can clothe yourself, your bridesmaids and your groomsmen all from the high street.
“You needn’t start your married life in debt from your dress – there are some stunning gowns available on the high street that fit a treat.” Cosmopolitan.co.uk
TKMAXX now has a wedding boutique! The range includes wedding dresses, wedding shoes, BM dresses, MOB dresses and flower girl dresses. If you’re having a slightly inconvential, relaxed or wedding abroad then TKMAXX really is the place to look for budget wedding idems.
The high street has more to offer for your wedding day then you first think. Beautiful wedding dresses, lovely bridesmaids dresses, shoes to die for, veils (traditional and birdcage), tiaras and hair slides etc, mens suits, waistcoats and cravats, you name it, the high street has it! Sometimes it may not be your local shop that has it, but their website will, and the great thing is often the prices are so much cheaper than the bridal store equivalent, especially in the sale!
Discount shops on the high street can also be great, think Poundland, 99p Store etc for your invites, balloons to decorate, banners, cake/favour boxes. They will be simpler than the more expensive alternative, however they can still look lovely and provide simple chic to your decorations and extras.
Waitrose and M&S do scrummy wedding cakes at a fraction of the cost that a specialised wedding cake maker could. With the range of styles and colours on offer you are bound to find a cake that will suit you. The other way to get yourself a high street cake but to have it more personalised, it to but the plain round cakes that are on offer (these can be bought not only from Waitrose and M&S but Sainsbury’s, Tesco and Asda as well), if you look around you will be able to find fruit and sponge varieties, and if you hire a cake stand you can can 1,2 or 3 tiers and buy ribbons, flowers and other decorations to personalise your cake to fit into the theme of your special day.